It’s the age at which many young people leave home for the first time and go to university – to live alone for the first time. It’s the age at which they can vote and drink alcohol for the first time (although hopefully not at the same time). But are 18 year olds really adults?

Bristol University was recently applauded for allowing students to opt in to allow parents or trusted adults to be contacted in the case of mental health crises.  The take-up among students was 95%.


At the recent Festival of Higher Education at the University of Buckingham, four experts in higher education debate the question – are 18 year olds children or adults?

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